It’s no secret that women aren’t keeping their clothes for as many years as they once did. According to the World Resources Institute, the average customer bought 60 percent more clothing in 2014 than they did in 2000 – but then kept each item for less than half the time.
This “fast fashion” may seem appealing because it’s cheap and trendy. However, these items almost always feature substandard materials and assembly, so even if you wanted to keep a fast-fashion garment for several years, it likely wouldn’t last that long.
Besides, these throw-away clothes have significant environmental consequences. A cotton shirt takes 2,700 liters of water to make – that’s enough water to sustain a person for two years.
Further, this interest in throw-away clothes also pays a harsh social price. In Bangladesh, where many fast-fashion garment producers live, workers would need to earn 3.5 times the amount they currently make to live comfortably.
It’s abundantly clear that we need to return to the old ways of buying and caring for clothes. Long-term wardrobe staples will always be in style, so you won’t need to throw them out after a trend is over. Further, though well-made garments cost more, they’ll also last for longer, meaning that you’ll save money and energy over the long run.
Extending the lives of your delicate garments requires effort, but with this lifestyle change, you’ll contribute not only to your wallet but also to the environment and global society.
To begin your journey towards a more sustainable, organized, and luxurious wardrobe, let's look at some simple tips and strategies for organizing and extending the lives of your treasured garments.
If you’re ready to move away from fast fashion towards a sustainable wardrobe, you’ll want to invest in these cornerstone pieces. You’ll be able to wear these items for many years, and they’ll be appropriate for a variety of situations. Make sure to shop for high-end pieces that will retain their shape, color, and stitching with the proper care.
Once you’ve designed a wardrobe you love, you want to be able to keep your clothes for years to come. The most significant factor that can damage your fine clothes is improper storage. Here’s how to make sure small storage mistakes don’t destroy your clothes:
Also, make sure that you’re preventing pests in your closet and drawers by using cedar to repel common household pests, like moths and carpet beetles. You’ll love the smell, but these vermin hate it.
A classic, functional wardrobe could gain a revamp by adding in compelling accessories. But you may be unsure of how to store these items without cluttering up your closet or damaging your accessories.
Here’s how to store seven standard accessories:
If you’re packing away your clothing for the season, use these rules of thumbs to ensure your clothing doesn’t suffer damage while in storage.
First, wash your clothes so that they don’t discolor with remaining body oil.
Next, ditch cardboard or plastic boxes. If you want to make sure that no rodents can chew through and no moisture can get in, instead choose materials like cotton, canvas, or wood for your storage containers.
If you have space, too, try not to store your out-of-season clothes in rooms that aren’t temperature controlled, like the attic or basement. Instead, keep them in dry, consistently-heated areas; be creative in your storage, like under your bed or in high closets.
Lastly, if you’re storing silks, knits, or synthetic clothing, be sure to fold, instead of hanging them. Hangers can stretch them out heavier knits over months of storage. For items that aren’t going to stretch, hang them on wooden hangers with padding and pack them into garment bags for hanging.
Garment bags can be the best way to arrive at your destination with clothes that look polished and put together. Garment bags – which protect your clothes from dirt, dust, and wrinkling – are the celebrity secrets for looking fresh right off a plane.
When choosing a garment bag, keep the following factors in mind:
Butler Luxury’s Museum Quality Suit or Tux Cover will keep your fine clothes safe for travel while being portable enough to be stored in your suitcase.
When you’re ready to go, make sure you’re following packing advice for your suitcase:
If you want to preserve your clothes, you’ll have to do more than hang them on the same wire or plastic hangers you used with your fast fashion. These cheap hangers can tear your clothes or crack and snag fabrics.
Make sure you’re keeping your clothing safe by investing in high-quality wood hangers. Wooden hangers won’t crack or shift, so your pieces retain their shape. They’re also higher-quality, so they won’t bend or break under the weight of more massive pieces like the sweater and blazer mentioned above.
But don’t just want to run out to your local discount retailer for the cheapest wood option. The heavier the wood, the sturdier the hanger. So, a high-quality Beechwood is a smart choice for a trustworthy hanger.
What’s more, make sure that you’ve chosen hangers that come designed for its specific purpose. For instance, if you purchase a skirt hanger, you won’t see a line on your skirt or pants like you would if you folded these items into a dresser.
Butler Luxury offers three hangers specifically designed for women’s clothing. Each hanger is attractive, too, so you’ll feel like your closet leads you towards the elevated fashion experience you’re seeking:
Well-chosen and well-cared-for clothing can be a pleasure to see in your closet. Instead of buying as many articles of clothing as you can, build a wardrobe that will effortlessly be chic for years to come.
But fine clothing also requires expert care you can only find in Butler Luxury’s premium clothing hangers and accessories. From suit covers to skirt hangers, Butler Luxury’s hangers are the upgrade from plastic or wire hangers that your upgraded clothing collection deserves.
Browse through our collection to find the hangers that will help you keep your wardrobe in its best possible shape for decades of looking fabulous!